If At First You Don't Succeed, Give Everyone A Promotion
by Ken Arneson
Good news, everyone! Billy Beane has recognized that there were issues with the Oakland A's medical and training staff in 2007, and has taken a big step towards correcting the problem. His solution is a classic example of that famous book you all know about.
No, not Moneyball. The step Beane has taken comes straight out of Scott Adams' book, The Dilbert Principle, which states that organizations systematically promote their least competent employees to management, where they can do the least amount of damage.
Former Head Trainer Larry Davis has been promoted to a newly created desk job called "Coordinator of Medical Services". Steve Sayles takes a step up from Assistant Trainer to fill Davis' old role, while Walt Horn moves up from AAA to complete the shuffle. In addition, A's team orthopedist Dr. Jerrod Goldman has resigned, replaced by Dr. John Frazier.
Good to know that the A's know when to apply new principles of management, and when to use the old, time-tested solutions. That's the true test of intelligence. Next year, the A's will be fully healthy all year, I'm sure!